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Wendell Bryant Hood
Funeral services for Mr. Wendell Bryant Hood, 37, will be held at 3 p.m., today, May 1, 2000, at First United Methodist Church in Minden, with the Rev. Ryan Horton officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory.
Mr. Hood passed away Friday, April 28, in Shreveport. He was born in Ruston and was employed with Phoenix Gas Transport.
He was preceded in death by his father, J. Elton Hood.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Collins Hood of Minden; his 11-month-old son, Mason Bryant Hood of Minden; his mother, Norma Hood of Ruston; maternal grandmother, Viola Luoma of Ontario, Canada; sisters, Tory and husband Tim Tettleton of Farmerville, and Belinda and husband Jim Hays of Ruston.
Pallbearers will be Schuyler Marvin, Kevin McCann, Joey Hood, Jeff Hood, Lee Jay Haddox, Steve Stroud, Steve Craig and Greg Morrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Sumner, Scott Partin, David Miller, Pat Branch, Greg Hilburn, Roger Fuller, Dennis McCann and Jay Boyd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Judeís Hospital or First United Methodist Church of Minden.

Ruby Lois Adkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Lois Adkins, 75, will be held at 2 p.m., today, May 3, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Homer with the Rev. Charles Harlon officiating, assisted by the Rev. Robert McGaha. Burial will be in Tuggle Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. She died Monday, May 1 at Homer Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Adkins was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School class. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Leslie and Vada Aurelia Barton McMichael; one daughter, Sue Darlene Johnson; and one grandson, Brandon Erik Johnson.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, S.E. "Shorty" Adkins; one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Kim Adkins; two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda and Terry "Buck" Tuggle and Peggy Adkins, all of Homer; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Vada Leslie "Way-Way" and Tom Sibley of Prescott, Ariz., and Sunny Sue Crager of Shreveport; one brother, Sidney Earl McMichael of Baton Rouge; one aunt, Ola Mae Thornton of Mansfield; five grandchildren, Sherry Jones, Suzanne Brister, Jennifer Tuggle, and Angela and Amy Adkins; two great-grandchildren, Heather Hanson and Braydon Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Hamilton, Joe Tuggle, Jimmy Faulkner, Ron Edmonds, Kenneth Volentine and Allen "Rock" Tuggle.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Donald K. Haynes and Dr. Mark Haynes.
The family received visitors from 5 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 2 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital.

Johnnie Edward Craig
Memorial services for Mr. Johnnie Edward Craig, 70, will be held at 2:15 p.m., today, May 3, 2000, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Minden, with Father Phillips officiating.
Mr. Craig passed away Monday, May 1, in Minden. He was born in Marion, Ill., and was retired from Libbey Glass in Shreveport.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Craig; father, Howard Craig; and brother, Bobby Craig.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pauline Craig of Minden; three daughters, Rhonda Turner of Minden, Kay Raney of Shreveport, and Paula Swearinger of Lafayette; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to St. Paul Catholic Church in Minden.

Thelma Britt Byrd
Graveside services for Mrs. Thelma Britt Byrd, 98, were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Plain Dealing Cemetery with the Rev. JoAnn Crouch officiating under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing.
Mrs. Byrd, a native of Taylor, Ark., and a resident of the Plain Dealing area for most of her life, died Sunday, April 30, at Whispering Pines Nursing Home in Plain Dealing. She was a member of Plain Dealing Assembly of God Church and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, K.W. Byrd; two sons; a granddaughter; and a son-in-law.
She is survived by a son, Jackie Byrd and wife Christine of Plain Dealing; two daughters, Jeraldyne Crouch of Plain Dealing, and Martha Rodgers and husband J.W. of Pine Bluff, Ark.; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mark Wayne Sledge
Funeral services for Mr. Mark Wayne Sledge, 48, of Springhill, will be held at 2 p.m., today, May 4, 2000, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock, the Rev. Norman Sutton, and the Rev. Charles Garner officiating. Burial will be in Old Shongaloo Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mr. Sledge, a native of New Orleans and a resident of this area for many years, died Tuesday, May 2, at the Christus-Schumpert Medical Center following a sudden illness. He was an active member of Mt. Paran Baptist Church and served as the church song director. He was employed as an inside sales coordinator for Electric Melting Service Company in Cullen for 14 years.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kathy Lennard Sledge; two daughters, Angela Sledge and Mandi Sledge, all of Springhill; a son, Brian Sledge and wife Gennafer of Conway, Ark.; a step-daughter, Kym Schildroth and husband Greg of Springhill; a step-son, Kelli Simmons of Bossier City; his parents, Pat and Wayne Sledge of Shreveport; a sister, Suzanne Whitley of Columbus, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Shayn, Brooke, Ryanne and Blake Schildroth.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jim Baugh Jr., John Baugh, Jay Hunt, Junior Wise and Melvin Thomas.

Mary Virginia Pogue Thomas
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Virginia Pogue Thomas, 74, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Old Saline Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Hubbard officiating, assisted by the Rev. Jerry Pennfield. Burial will be in Old Saline Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Arcadia. She died Wednesday, May 3 at Jackson Parish Hospital in Jonesboro.
Mrs. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Saline. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by one son, William Hoye Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Guy H. Thomas; four daughters, Marilyn Baker and husband James, Kaye Choate and husband Glenn, Janice Toms and husband Larry, all of Saline, and Gale Ferrington and husband Bobby Joe of Wisner; one brother, Otis Pogue of Shreveport; one sister, Margie Humphrey of Saline; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Humphrey, Ricky Watts, Reggie Watts, Randy Price, Randy Kennedy and Ronnie Humphrey.
Honorary pallbearers include Bobby Hood, Gene Humphrey and Ragan Baker.
Visitation will be at Old Saline Baptist Church.

John Taylor Ouzts
Funeral services for Mr. John Taylor Ouzts, 79, will be held at 2 p.m., today, May 5, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia with the Rev. Lamar Skinner officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. He died Thursday, May 4 at IHS of Minden.
Mr. Ouzts was a lifelong resident of Gibsland. He was a retired truck driver with the Louisiana state Highway Department.
He is survived by a brother, W.F. Ouzts of Gibsland; and two sisters, Merle Moon of Longview, Texas, and Mattie Doris Holloway of Gibsland; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Harp Hendrick
Graveside services for Mrs. Mary Harp Hendrick, 99, of Shreveport, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Forest Park East in Shreveport with the Rev. Bill Hoffman officiating. Funeral home visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m., today, May 5.
Mrs. Hendrick, a native of Shongaloo and former resident of Minden, passed away Thursday, May 4, in Minden. She was a housewife, a member of the Woman's Department Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Broadmoor Garden Club and a longtime member of Highland Baptist Church. She was retired from Cook's Collectors Corner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. T.A. Hendrick; step-children, Judge Ruyian D. Hendrick, Lloyd L. Hendrick, Mabel Hendrick Winham, Vera Hendrick and Corinne Hendrick Tucker.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Kathleen Hendrick Bowman of Arlington, Texas; and numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Evelyn W. Grimes
Funeral services for Evelyn W. Grimes, 83, will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Rose-Neath Bossier Chapel with the Rev. Steven Spurlock officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport. Funeral home visitation will begin at 3 p.m., today, May 8, at Rose-Neath Bossier Chapel.
Mrs. Grimes, a native of McComb, Miss., and a resident of Shreveport for the past 22 years, was a former resident of Minden. She was a member of the Broadmoor United Methodist Church, a member of the Lamplighters and a former member of Lakeview Methodist Church in Minden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank G. Grimes; and sister, Mary Brogdon.
She is survived by a niece, Emily Reiser and husband Dave of Shreveport; nephews, Carl D. Brogdon and wife Renee of Minden, and Jack Brogdon and wife Patricia of Bossier City; great-nieces and nephews, Paul and Laura Smith of Bossier City, Elissa and Jeff Cupples of Minden, Sessy and Eric Parchman of New Iberia, Candice Brogdon of Minden, Marie and Jessica Brogdon of Bossier City, Rebecca Reiser of Shreveport, John and Jody Volentine of Minden, Allison Volentine, Andrew Parchman, Gracen Parchman, Mason Cupples, Taylor Smith and C.J. Brogdon.
Pallbearers will be Tenney Branch, Keith McClung, Bobby Gillam, Jeff Dixon, Don Byas and Rick Calloway.

Wendell Bryant Hood
Funeral services for Mr. Wendell Bryant Hood, 37, will be held at 3 p.m., today, May 1, 2000, at First United Methodist Church in Minden, with the Rev. Ryan Horton officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory.
Mr. Hood passed away Friday, April 28, in Shreveport. He was born in Ruston and was employed with Phoenix Gas Transport.
He was preceded in death by his father, J. Elton Hood.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Collins Hood of Minden; his 11-month-old son, Mason Bryant Hood of Minden; his mother, Norma Hood of Ruston; maternal grandmother, Viola Luoma of Ontario, Canada; sisters, Tory and husband Tim Tettleton of Farmerville, and Belinda and husband Jim Hays of Ruston.
Pallbearers will be Schuyler Marvin, Kevin McCann, Joey Hood, Jeff Hood, Lee Jay Haddox, Steve Stroud, Steve Craig and Greg Morrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Sumner, Scott Partin, David Miller, Pat Branch, Greg Hilburn, Roger Fuller, Dennis McCann and Jay Boyd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Judeís Hospital or First United Methodist Church of Minden.

Ruby Lois Adkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Lois Adkins, 75, will be held at 2 p.m., today, May 3, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Homer with the Rev. Charles Harlon officiating, assisted by the Rev. Robert McGaha. Burial will be in Tuggle Cemetery in Homer under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home. She died Monday, May 1 at Homer Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Adkins was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School class. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Leslie and Vada Aurelia Barton McMichael; one daughter, Sue Darlene Johnson; and one grandson, Brandon Erik Johnson.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, S.E. "Shorty" Adkins; one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Kim Adkins; two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda and Terry "Buck" Tuggle and Peggy Adkins, all of Homer; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Vada Leslie "Way-Way" and Tom Sibley of Prescott, Ariz., and Sunny Sue Crager of Shreveport; one brother, Sidney Earl McMichael of Baton Rouge; one aunt, Ola Mae Thornton of Mansfield; five grandchildren, Sherry Jones, Suzanne Brister, Jennifer Tuggle, and Angela and Amy Adkins; two great-grandchildren, Heather Hanson and Braydon Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Hamilton, Joe Tuggle, Jimmy Faulkner, Ron Edmonds, Kenneth Volentine and Allen "Rock" Tuggle.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Donald K. Haynes and Dr. Mark Haynes.
The family received visitors from 5 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 2 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital.

Johnnie Edward Craig
Memorial services for Mr. Johnnie Edward Craig, 70, will be held at 2:15 p.m., today, May 3, 2000, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Minden, with Father Phillips officiating.
Mr. Craig passed away Monday, May 1, in Minden. He was born in Marion, Ill., and was retired from Libbey Glass in Shreveport.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Craig; father, Howard Craig; and brother, Bobby Craig.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pauline Craig of Minden; three daughters, Rhonda Turner of Minden, Kay Raney of Shreveport, and Paula Swearinger of Lafayette; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to St. Paul Catholic Church in Minden.

Thelma Britt Byrd
Graveside services for Mrs. Thelma Britt Byrd, 98, were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Plain Dealing Cemetery with the Rev. JoAnn Crouch officiating under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing.
Mrs. Byrd, a native of Taylor, Ark., and a resident of the Plain Dealing area for most of her life, died Sunday, April 30, at Whispering Pines Nursing Home in Plain Dealing. She was a member of Plain Dealing Assembly of God Church and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, K.W. Byrd; two sons; a granddaughter; and a son-in-law.
She is survived by a son, Jackie Byrd and wife Christine of Plain Dealing; two daughters, Jeraldyne Crouch of Plain Dealing, and Martha Rodgers and husband J.W. of Pine Bluff, Ark.; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mark Wayne Sledge
Funeral services for Mr. Mark Wayne Sledge, 48, of Springhill, will be held at 2 p.m., today, May 4, 2000, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Whitlock, the Rev. Norman Sutton, and the Rev. Charles Garner officiating. Burial will be in Old Shongaloo Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mr. Sledge, a native of New Orleans and a resident of this area for many years, died Tuesday, May 2, at the Christus-Schumpert Medical Center following a sudden illness. He was an active member of Mt. Paran Baptist Church and served as the church song director. He was employed as an inside sales coordinator for Electric Melting Service Company in Cullen for 14 years.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kathy Lennard Sledge; two daughters, Angela Sledge and Mandi Sledge, all of Springhill; a son, Brian Sledge and wife Gennafer of Conway, Ark.; a step-daughter, Kym Schildroth and husband Greg of Springhill; a step-son, Kelli Simmons of Bossier City; his parents, Pat and Wayne Sledge of Shreveport; a sister, Suzanne Whitley of Columbus, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Shayn, Brooke, Ryanne and Blake Schildroth.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jim Baugh Jr., John Baugh, Jay Hunt, Junior Wise and Melvin Thomas.

Mary Virginia Pogue Thomas
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Virginia Pogue Thomas, 74, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Old Saline Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Hubbard officiating, assisted by the Rev. Jerry Pennfield. Burial will be in Old Saline Cemetery under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Arcadia. She died Wednesday, May 3 at Jackson Parish Hospital in Jonesboro.
Mrs. Thomas was a lifelong resident of Saline. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by one son, William Hoye Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Guy H. Thomas; four daughters, Marilyn Baker and husband James, Kaye Choate and husband Glenn, Janice Toms and husband Larry, all of Saline, and Gale Ferrington and husband Bobby Joe of Wisner; one brother, Otis Pogue of Shreveport; one sister, Margie Humphrey of Saline; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Humphrey, Ricky Watts, Reggie Watts, Randy Price, Randy Kennedy and Ronnie Humphrey.
Honorary pallbearers include Bobby Hood, Gene Humphrey and Ragan Baker.
Visitation will be at Old Saline Baptist Church.

John Taylor Ouzts
Funeral services for Mr. John Taylor Ouzts, 79, will be held at 2 p.m., today, May 5, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia with the Rev. Lamar Skinner officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. He died Thursday, May 4 at IHS of Minden.
Mr. Ouzts was a lifelong resident of Gibsland. He was a retired truck driver with the Louisiana state Highway Department.
He is survived by a brother, W.F. Ouzts of Gibsland; and two sisters, Merle Moon of Longview, Texas, and Mattie Doris Holloway of Gibsland; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Harp Hendrick
Graveside services for Mrs. Mary Harp Hendrick, 99, of Shreveport, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Forest Park East in Shreveport with the Rev. Bill Hoffman officiating. Funeral home visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m., today, May 5.
Mrs. Hendrick, a native of Shongaloo and former resident of Minden, passed away Thursday, May 4, in Minden. She was a housewife, a member of the Woman's Department Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Broadmoor Garden Club and a longtime member of Highland Baptist Church. She was retired from Cook's Collectors Corner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. T.A. Hendrick; step-children, Judge Ruyian D. Hendrick, Lloyd L. Hendrick, Mabel Hendrick Winham, Vera Hendrick and Corinne Hendrick Tucker.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Kathleen Hendrick Bowman of Arlington, Texas; and numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Evelyn W. Grimes
Funeral services for Evelyn W. Grimes, 83, will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at Rose-Neath Bossier Chapel with the Rev. Steven Spurlock officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport. Funeral home visitation will begin at 3 p.m., today, May 8, at Rose-Neath Bossier Chapel.
Mrs. Grimes, a native of McComb, Miss., and a resident of Shreveport for the past 22 years, was a former resident of Minden. She was a member of the Broadmoor United Methodist Church, a member of the Lamplighters and a former member of Lakeview Methodist Church in Minden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank G. Grimes; and sister, Mary Brogdon.
She is survived by a niece, Emily Reiser and husband Dave of Shreveport; nephews, Carl D. Brogdon and wife Renee of Minden, and Jack Brogdon and wife Patricia of Bossier City; great-nieces and nephews, Paul and Laura Smith of Bossier City, Elissa and Jeff Cupples of Minden, Sessy and Eric Parchman of New Iberia, Candice Brogdon of Minden, Marie and Jessica Brogdon of Bossier City, Rebecca Reiser of Shreveport, John and Jody Volentine of Minden, Allison Volentine, Andrew Parchman, Gracen Parchman, Mason Cupples, Taylor Smith and C.J. Brogdon.
Pallbearers will be Tenney Branch, Keith McClung, Bobby Gillam, Jeff Dixon, Don Byas and Rick Calloway.

Charles Edward Edrington
Graveside services for Mr. Charles Edward Edrington, 73, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 12, 2000, in Daingerfield Cemetery with the Rev. John Stone officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Minden. Mr. Edrington died Tuesday, May 9 in Minden.
Mr. Edrington was born in Louisville, Ky. He was employed at the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Edrington of Minden; one son, Andrew Edrington and wife Tammy of Bentonville, Ark.; one brother, Haskell E. Edrington of Louisville, Ky.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Birdie D. Johnston
Funeral services for Mrs. Birdie D. Johnston, 83, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 12, 2000, at Rose-Neath Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Raymond Sewell officiating, assisted by the Rev. Don McCormick. Burial will be at noon in Centuries Memorial Cemetery in Shreveport under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Minden. She died Tuesday, May 9 in Minden.
Mrs. Johnston resided in Minden and was a retired insurance agent with Sec. Industrial Life Insurance Co., and was a member of Sheppard Heights Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert A. Johnston. Survivors include two daughters, Janice Johnston of Dixie Inn, and Donna Holland and husband Billy of Sibley; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral home visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m., today, May 11 and from 7 a.m. until time of service, Friday, May 12 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden.

Virginia Raley Beck
Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Raley Beck, 87, will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2000, at Rose-Neath Minden Chapel. Burial will be in Beck Cememtery in Minden. Funeral home visitation will begin at 5 p.m., today, May 11.
Mrs. Beck, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday, May 10. She was a line worker with the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant and also a Protestant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Norma Viola Boone Raley; her husband, Neil Beck; and a son, Jimmy Beck.
She is survived by a son, Robin Wendell Beck of Minden; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Cook and Trebie Jennifer Beck, both of Minden; five grandchildren, Stacy Lynn McGee, Tonya Michelle Fowler, Misty Dawn Beck, Kristofer Cody Beck and Heather Lea Cook; and one great-grandchild, David Mathew Fowler.

Jewel W. 'Jack' Dulany
Funeral services for Mrs. Jewel W. "Jack" Dulany, 90, will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2000, at First Baptist Church Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Bill Crider and Bro. Freddy Franks officiating. Interment will follow in Minden Cemetery.
She passed away Thursday, May 11 at Minden Medical Center.
Mrs. Dulany, a native of San Augustine County, Texas, had been a resident of Minden since her marriage to her husband, N.A. "Frenchy" Dulany, on Feb. 6, 1930. Mrs. Dulany was a member of First Baptist Church of Minden, where she had been an active member for many years. She was also an active member of the Minden Riding Club and enjoyed raising and riding horses. Mrs. Dulany enjoyed traveling throughout the country and visiting her children and grandchildren. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her church and many friends.
Mrs. Dulany was preceded in death by her sister, Addie Dale Hehl, and one brother, Ewel T. Wood.
She is survived by her husband, N.A. "Frenchy" Dulany; five children, Nell Couch, Joyce Anderson and husband Lee, John and wife Karen, Jay and wife Nancy, Tim and wife Anita; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport on Sunday, May 14 from 4 until 6 p.m. and Monday, May 15 at First Baptist Church Chapel in Minden from 12 until 2 p.m.
The family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Minden or to the charity or organization of the donor's choice.

Mary Burns Souter
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Burns Souter, 90, of Springhill, will be held at 3:30 p.m., today, May 12, 2000, at Bailey Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Richard Britt officiating. Burial will be in Spring Branch Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mrs. Souter, a native and lifelong resident of this area, died Wednesday, May 10, at her residence following a long illness. She was a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeffie Lee Souter, on March 19, 1983; a son, Carroll Dean "Pete" Souter on April 2, 1997; and a grandson, Brent Souter on May 2, 1981.
She is survived by a daughter, Darlene S. Stewart and her husband Bobby Stewart of Hughes Springs, Texas; two sons, Ted Marvin Souter and wife Margaret Sue Souter and Harold Gene Souter, all of Springhill; a brother, Emile Seidel Burns of Pine Bluff, Ark.; five grandchildren, Suzanne Souter Smith and husband Robert, Jonathon Souter and wife Rhonda, Jeremy Souter, Kimberly S. Potts and husband Kevin and Shane Stewart; and a number of great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be nephews Wendell Souter, Albert Wise, Mike Burns, William T. "Toxie" Bowen, James Burns and Shane Stewart.

Charles W. Watson
Graveside services for Mr. Charles W. Watson, 84, of Doyline, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Hill Crest Memorial Park Cemetery. Burial will be under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Bossier City.
He died Wednesday, May 10 in Crowley.
Mr. Watson was retired from the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant and was the retired owner and operator of Wench-Lift Trailer Company. He also served in WW II.
Survivors include three stepsons, E.L. Hearn, L.E. Hearn and C.D. Hearn; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Louis Edward Prather
Graveside services and interment for Mr. Louis Edward Prather, 75, of Springhill, were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Antioch Cemetery in Dixie Inn, with the Rev. Wayne Reeves officiating, under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mr. Prather, a native of Dallas, Texas, and former resident of Odessa, Texas, had been a resident of this area for the last two years. He died Wednesday, May 10, at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport following a long illness. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas, and was a retired purchasing agent for Brown & Root Construction Co. with 15 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Shirley Cage Prather of Springhill; two sons, Dr. Nealan D. Prather of Shreveport, and Kent Prather of N.D.; and a step-daughter, Vicki Hawkins of Ivan.

Ruth Jeanette Threatt
Funeral services for Miss Ruth Jeanette Threatt, 76, of Springhill, were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2000, at Bailey Mortuary Chapel with Bro. Ronald Morgan officiating. Burial was in the Waldo Cemetery in Waldo, Ark., under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Miss Threatt, a native of Henderson, Texas, and a resident of this area for 53 years, died Wednesday, May 10, at Springhill Medical Center following a short illness. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and was a retired teacher at Springhill Jr. High School with 33 years of service, having taught 7th grade history. She was a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, and received her masters degree at East Texas Teacherís College in Commerce, Texas.
She is survived by two sisters, Pauline Wade of Sacramento, Calif., and Laura Smith of Pine Bluff, Ark.; nine nieces and nephews; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were Ted Souter, D.C. Wimberly, Richard Johnson, H.C. "Buddy" Merritt, Wayne King and John Morgan.

Fannie Walker Jones
Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Walker Jones will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Mt. Calm Baptist Church with the Rev. T.A. Knapp officiating. Interment will follow at the Sheppard Street Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 17, in the chapel of Kennon & Sons Mortuary.
She is survived by a cousin, Chester Weatherton of Sibley; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services are entrusted to Kennon & Sons Mortuary, Inc.

Gertrude Willis
Funeral services for Mrs. Gertrude Willis will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at King Solomon Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Williams officiating. Interment will follow at King Solomon Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 16, in the chapel of Kennon & Sons Mortuary.
She is survived by four sons, Johnny Lee Willis, Herman Willis and John Henry Willis, all of Sibley, and Monroe Willis of Heflin; three daughters, Hattie Turner of Sibley, Mariea Snell of Boyd, Md., and Vergie Burks of Seattle, Wash.; granddaughter, Nancy, who she reared as her child; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services are entrusted to Kennon & Sons Mortuary, Inc.

Orie C. Lee
Funeral services for Mr. Orie C. Lee, 82, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Danny Baskin officiating. Interment will be in Madden Cemetery south of Heflin. He passed away Sunday at the VA Hospital in Alexandria, where he had been a resident since August. 
Mr. Lee served in the Air Force from the early 1940s until 1962. He served in the European area and was a prisoner-of-war in Germany for several months. Some of his service was also spent in the Pacific area, Korea and Japan.
He was a member of Heflin Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, Sunday School superintendent and choir member until his declining health prevented.
Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Maggie Lee; and four sisters. He is survived by his wife, Alice Jones Lee of Heflin; one son, Stephen C. Lee and wife Christy of Brookfield, Ill.; one brother, Youree W. Lee and wife Vivian of Bossier City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be deacons of Heflin Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m., today, May 16 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden.
Memorials may be made to Heflin Baptist Church or of the donorís choice.

Nellie Taylor Downer
Graveside services for Mrs. Nellie Taylor Downer, 79, of Linden, Texas, will be held at 3 p.m., today, May 16, 2000, with the Rev. Jimmy Hart officiating and interment at the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mrs. Downer, a native of Haynesville, and former resident of Springhill, had made her home in Linden, Texas since 1993. She died Sunday, May 14, in Linden, Texas after a long illness. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Wil Ferris and his wife Phyllis and Eddie May Matlock; a daughter, Martha Matlock, all of Shreveport; four grandchildren, Paul, Terri, Tommy and Christy; five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Cort, Matthew, Ashley and Dustin; three brothers, the Rev. Earl Taylor of Linden, Texas; Phillip Taylor of Niceville, Fla.; and David Taylor of White Settlement, Texas; and a sister, Virgie Gildon of White Settlement, Texas.

O'Dell 'Dink' McDonald
Funeral services for O'Dell "Dink" McDonald, 83, of Springhill, will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Central Baptist Church with Dr. Ron Harvey and the Rev. Kenneth R. Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Springhill.
Mr. McDonald, a native of Rawls, Ark., and a resident of this area for 62 years, died at his residence Monday, May 15, following a long illness. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired employee of International Paper Company with 39 years of service and was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, O'Neal "Little Dink" McDonald, on April 17, 2000; three other brothers; and a sister.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rachel Haynes McDonald of Springhill; a daughter and son-in-law, Rita Kay and Larry Dabbs; two grandsons, Shannon and Brandon, all of Bossier City.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Smith, Tim Smith, Bobby Covington, Olin Mills, Jimmy Wynn and Bruce Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Simmie Halterman, Robert Lee Rowland and members of the D.O.W. Sunday School Class of Central Baptist Church.

Mildred Frank
Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Frank, 83, were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Rockett Funeral Home Chapel in Ringgold with the Rev. Jack Byrd and John Rodriguez officiating. Interment was in Bistineau Cemetery. She passed away Sunday, May 14.
Mrs. Frank was born in Fryeburg and resided in Heflin. She is survived by her husband, John Frank; one daughter, Ella Ruth Rodriguez and husband Richard; one grandson, John Richard Rodriguez, all of Heflin; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Katherine Orlease Modisette
Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine Orlease Modisette, 75, of Haynesville, will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Haynesville with the Rev. Charles Elison and the Rev. B.L. "Buster" Benefield officiating. Burial will follow in Western Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home of Springhill. She died at 8:45 p.m., Monday, May 15 in Willis-Knighton Medical Center after a short illness.
Mrs. Modisette was a longtime resident of Haynesville and a former employee of the Edmont Glove Factory. She was a member of Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Haynesville. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She lived for her family and friends and loved to speak of the Lord.
She is survived by three sons, Kenneth Modisette and wife Mary of Longview, Texas, A.J. Modisette Jr. and wife Gloria of Lebanon, Ore., and Benny Ray Modisette and wife Sonya of Farmerville; five daughters, Joyce Duck and husband Charles Ray Sr. of Sarepta, Brenda Ivy and husband Joe of Haynesville, Dianne Edwards and husband Terry of Shongaloo, Sherian Taylor and husband Reggie of Taylor, Ark., and Mary Martin and husband Randy of El Dorado, Ark.; one sister, Nellie Newsom of Beaumont, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ronald and Clifton Edwards, Charles Duck Sr., Dennis Duck, Tim Taylor and David Hicks.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Bryan Martin, Brandon Hicks, Kenneth Williams, Tommy Anglin, Cameron Modisette and Larry Modisette.
Visitation will be 3 until 9 p.m., today, May 17 and from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, Thursday, May 18 at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel and then from 1 p.m. until time of services in Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Haynesville.

Randolph Walker
Funeral services for Mr. Randolph Walker, 80, of Minden, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2000, at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden with Dr. B.J. Martin officiating. Burial will be in Old Athens Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home of Minden. He died Friday, May 12 at IHS of Minden after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Walker was a native of Athens, where he attended Pleasant Valley schools. He retired as a truck driver, but he unselfishly gave of himself by serving others, driving them to Shreveport and surrounding areas. He also sold watermelons, eggs and snow cones to the community.
He is survived by his wife, Willie Mae Shine Walker; six daughters, Lula W. Culbreath and husband Sherman of Lithania, Ga., Alice W. Brown and husband Jerry of Minden, Jessie W. Ross and husband George of Lithania, Ga., Betty W. White and husband Richard of Desota, Texas, Lizzie A.W. Faulkes and husband Rodney of Lithania, Ga., and Bertha Miller of Los Angeles, Calif.; four sons, Robert Walker of Sarasota, Fla., Jimmie Walker and wife Barbara of Santa Clarita, Calif., James R. Walker Jr. of Lake Charles, and Jerry W. Walker and wife Jo Helen of Beaumont, Texas; one stepson, Wallace White and wife Carnelle of Los Angeles, Calif.; two step-grandchildren; 30 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, L.T. Walker and wife Bessie of Shreveport.
Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m., Friday, May 19 at Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home Chapel in Minden.

Dotsie M. Sparks
Funeral services for Ms. Dotsie M. Sparks, 92, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2000, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Jeff Flenniken officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Ringgold. She died Wednesday, May 17 in Coushatta.
Ms. Sparks was born in Ringgold and resided in Sibley.
She is survived by two sisters, Arma Nell Honley of Shreveport and Willie Estelle Handcock of Arp, Texas, and one brother, Sam R. Sparks of Ringgold.
Pallbearers will be Murray Sparks, Mike Sparks, Danny Sparks, Darren Sparks, Brian Sparks and Adam Sparks.
Visitation will be from 5 until 10 p.m., Thursday, May 18 and from 7 a.m. until time of service Friday, May 19 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden.

Curtis 'Slick' Thomas
Funeral services for Mr. Curtis ëSlickí Thomas, 58, will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 22, 2000, at Chilo Baptist Church in New London, Conn., with the Rev. Cornish officiating under the direction of Byles Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 7 to 8, Sunday, May 21.
Mr. Thomas was a native of Minden.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Thomas; one son, Fredit; five daughters, Bridget, Meshall, Angeila, Tomeica and Toneata, all of New London, Conn.; five brothers, Clyde Mitchell, Albert W. Taylor, John R. Taylor, Avery Taylor and Earl Taylor; and two sisters, Elaine Shepperd and Tina Douglas, all of Minden.


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